Man of steel caught stealing

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Superman's nickname is the 'man of steel.'

But in Charlotte, police are looking for a man of steal after he was seen shoplifting at the Family Dollar store on Central Avenue.

An alert store manager spotted a man in a superman cap stealing razor blades.

"The manager, knowing people shoplift, went over and saw the guy had emptied out some razors and left the box," said CMPD Officer Tori Roddey.

With evidence in hand, the manager confronts the thief at the register, demanding he return the razor blades. But what the manager got, was a close shave when the thief started throwing punches.

Then, it turns very violent. The thief picks up a nearby fire extinguisher, swings it at the manager and misses.

The fight continues and the thief throws the fire bottle at the manager, but misses. The manager then throws a few punches of his own as the two tussle near the front doors.

And then superman leaves the way he came-- by bicycle.
"He left on a bicycle that's why we're thinking this guy is probably local guy that lives nearby."

The big question is, why would he fight so violently over some razor blades?
"I don't know. But I know one thing, the guy had a superman logo on his hat, brown skinned, he was in his late 30's, early 40's, beard, hey maybe that's the key-- Clark Kent, superman, everybody needs to shave."
Officer Roddey also says by using the fire extinguisher as a weapon, the crime elevated from simple larceny to robbery. And he says lately he's seen a trend of shoplifters who quickly turn violent.

If you know anything that could help catch superman, call super Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 and you could earn a super reward.

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